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Undergraduate Course: The Archaeology of the Near East (LLLE07032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides a broad understanding of archaeological developments in the Early and Later Prehistory of the Near East and Mesopotamia. It explores the archaeology of modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and South-East Turkey. ┐Mega-sites┐, tells, lithics, pottery, and script provide the evidence for an insight into the cultural and political developments, trade and economy of the prehistoric and ancient Near East.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

┐ recognise major sites and archaeological material from the Near East;
┐ understand socio-cultural shifts in their wider political context;
┐ demonstrate relevant knowledge of archaeological theories, methods and techniques past and present;
┐ synthesise and compare evidence from major archaeological sites in the Near East.
Reading List
Reading List (for EUCLID)
┐ Essential
Cauvin J., 2000 The Birth of Gods and the Origins of Agriculture. Translated by Trevor Watkins. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Hallo, W.W. 1971 The ancient Near East: a history. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (chapters 1-4)

Knapp, A.B. 1988 The History and Culture of Ancient Western Asia and Egypt. Wadsworth: California (chapters 1-4)

Roaf, M. 1990 Cultural atlas of Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East. New York; Oxford: Facts on File.


Frankfort, H. 1970 Art and architecture of the ancient Orient. New Haven, Conn; London: Yale University Press.

Mieroop, M. van de 2004 A History of the Ancient Near East ca 3000-323 BC. Blackwell. Oxford (chaptes 1-7 only)

Meyers, E.M. 1997 The Oxford encyclopedia of archaeology in the Near East prepared under the auspices of the American Schools of Oriental Research. New York; Oxford: OUP.

Sasson J.M. 1995 Civilizations of the ancient Near East. New York: C. Scribner's Sons.

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Course organiserMs Rachael King
Course secretaryMiss Zofia Guertin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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